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Where NOT to live if you’re looking for a high-paying job

Does your location inhibit your earning potential? published a list of the top 10 best and worst towns for high-paying jobs yesterday, and focused in on those in the business and professional services category.  More specifically this includes jobs in human resources, architecture, law, accounting, science and technology. Forbes reports that there are currently around 17 million jobs in this category, which, as the article notes, is twice the size of the finance sector. 

In reviewing the list of towns included as the worst for high-paying jobs, there are a few clear patterns to note.  Many are affected by the declining housing market, as cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles and Orange County have seen significant losses in this area which in turn is affecting the business and professional service industry accordingly.  Declines in other industries, including auto and tourism also have had a negative impact on this category of jobs. 

Does your city make Forbes list for the Worst High-Paying Jobs? Check out their list of top 10 cities below and click on the links to view the Glassdoor salary reports which give first hand insights into the specific jobs at specific companies from employees who work in these areas.

1. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

2. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

3. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL

4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

5. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

6. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

7. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA

8. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN -WI

9. Edison-New Brunswick, NJ

10. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI

While this isn’t to say there aren’t still opportunities in these areas, they are few and far between in comparison to those listed on the best towns for high-paying jobs.  Areas around Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia, for example, likely have more jobs due to the demand in the government sector. 

So if you are in the job market, research your location to find out where the best place may be for you based on your area of expertise. Also check out some relocation tips from Glassdoor career & workplace expert Rusty Rueff.